What is a Landslide? - Definition, Causes & Facts


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Which of the following is NOT a factor in where a landslide might form?

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1. When a boulder tumbles down a hillside, it's a good example of what type of landslide?

2. If a large amount of debris, rock and soil slides down a slope, it is what type of landslide?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Landslides are an important facet of the Earth's geography, contributing to both the geological face of the Earth and human habitation. You can use this online quiz to assess yourself on your understanding of landslides. The assessment questions will test you on things such as the types of landslides and their causes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The formation of landslides
  • Boulders in landslides
  • Debris and rock landslides
  • Landslides caused by earthquakes
  • Volcanic landslides

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the quiz questions to test your understanding of the characteristics, causes and different types of landslides
  • Defining key concepts - make sure that you can define some of the key terms describing different types of landslides, such as translational landslide, lateral spread and lahar
  • Knowledge application - draw from your understanding of the attached lesson to identify some of the different types and causes of landslides based on the descriptions in the quiz questions

Additional Learning

To learn more about landslides, review the corresponding lesson called What is a Landslide? - Definition, Causes & Facts. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of a landslide
  • Causes of landslides
  • Types of landslides
  • Locations prone to landslides